ToddM wrote:Radulov > Hemsky
Agree to disagree.
“It’s definitely time for Julius,” confirmed Nill. “He went over to the world championships and played very well for Finland. He’s put in his time down in the minors. We brought him up two or three times last year. He played very well. When he was in the lineup our puck possession time really went up. So we’re looking forward to him making that next step.”
“Not a lot of debate,” said Nill. “First of all, we know who he is as a player. He’s a high-end, high-skill player. There’s a physical element to his game down low. He can hold onto pucks. He drives the net. He’s just turning 31, and when you look at a player’s skill level, how they look after themselves nowadays, we weren’t too worried about the five-year deal.
“So in the end – there’s always risk with any contract – but in the end the five years wasn’t a big concern for us. It’s hard to find those type of guys on the market, and when he wanted to come to us it kind of made it more realistic for us.”
Honka is going to be exciting to watch this season. Ideally he’s going to be in a spot where he can learn from his mistakes early in the season, and he’ll have a nice safety net with a veteran defenseman in Dan Hamhuis.
Honka has long-term potential to be better than Klingberg. They are both offensively gifted, but Honka plays with more defensive edge and can actually dominate the game in all three zones, I’m still not confident Klingberg can reach that level as a 200-foot player.
The Stars are a better team with Julius Honka in the lineup, his roster spot shouldn’t be dependent on Nemeth or Oleksiak.
slaps wrote:I'm not sure why so many people are freaking out about the 5-year term for Radulov. He'll be 36 at the end of the deal, and there will almost certainly be a decline in numbers over the last couple of years, but I doubt he becomes a boat anchor. His play depends on skill, not brute force, so even as he ages, he can still be effective. It's not like they gave him 7 or 8 years.
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